With the arrival of AirTags, electronic tags da Apple used to track everyday objects, to the market, the traditional “disassembly” of the accessory by the iFixIt website was already certain. And when analyzing the product, the team discovered some interesting things, and fixed one of its biggest problems.
First, the discovery: the entire circuit of an AirTag is mounted around a loudspeaker, which is used only to produce a “beep” that helps to locate the accessory. And this speaker is much larger than that found in competitors like Samsung's Galaxy SmartTag or Tile.
Instead of a loudspeaker they use piezoelectric transducers, thinner than a coin and that do the same thing, but with much lower sound quality: according to iFixIt, they sound like “a McDonalds toy”. Apparently, for Apple, sound quality was more important than reducing the size of the accessory.
The main defect of AirTag in relation to competitors is the lack of a hole to attach a metal ring and hang it on a key ring or other objects. For this, the user will have to purchase one of the many accessories offered by Apple. Here in Brazil, a simple silicone “bow” costs R $ 379, and a leather key chain costs R $ 439.
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But the iFixIt team “fixed” the problem with the good old way. With an AirTag open, he was able to determine three locations near the edge of the device where there are no circuit boards, speaker or battery. It only took a few seconds with a drill with a fine drill to create a suitable hole.
Obviously, this voids the warranty and is likely to compromise AirTag's water and dust resistance. But surprisingly, it did not affect the sound quality, which according to iFixIt was within the margin of error of 1 decibel (more or less) compared to an intact AirTag.
In the USA, AirTag costs US $ 29 each, and a kit with four units costs US $ 99. Here in Brazil, the price is much higher: R $ 369 for a tag, or R $ 1.249 for the complete kit. With this price, it is better to have a steady hand when making a hole!